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Ancient Observatories: Chaco Canyon
Alignments at Chaco Canyon: Pueblo Bonito (Clip)
Date: October 7, 2004
Running Time: 00:00:48

See the movement of shadow on the North/South wall.
Chaco Canyon is a shallow, ten-mile canyon situated in the northwest corner of New Mexico. Seventy miles from the nearest town and accessible only by washboard dirt roads, it's remote by today's standards. The canyon itself has been carved from ancient sea beds by centuries of erosion. Millions of years of history reveal themselves in the layers of rock and the fossils embedded therein. Chaco Canyon, among other things, continues to be of great interest to those who study ancient cultures, including archeoastronomers. Evidence suggests that the Chacoans were expert skywatchers, with a clear knowledge of the cyclic and seasonal patterns of the sun, moon, and stars Join the Exploratorium in this on-line investigation about this fascinating, ancient site.

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00:01:04
Sense of Place (Clip)
12/2/2010   
See how patterns of light change throughout the day at Chaco, and hear G.B. Cornucopia and S ...
 
0:59:00
Ancient Observatories: Chaco Canyon (Webcast)
12/21/2004   
Join the Live@ crew and NASA scientists as we delve into the ancient knowledge of the Chacoan ...
 
00:03:02
Your Shadow Knows (Clip)
10/7/2004   
Join us in Chaco Canyon to think about what we can learn from watching shadows. ...
 
00:03:43
Sun Stories (Clip)
10/7/2004   
The sun holds an honored place in the lives of Southwestern Native Americans. Hear insights into ...
 
00:00:24
Alignments at Chaco Canyon: Wijiji (Clip)
10/7/2004   
Time-lapse footage of light moving across a pictograph at Wijiji 931. ...